My name is Beth & I grew up in Gatlinburg, TN. Life there was great! Then something happened, I met a boy, we fell in love, got married & now we have 4 children. 🙂 Even before we had kids we teasingly joked about our life being a series of adventures. Most have been amazing! There have been some sad adventures on our way as well. Also some very challenging adventures.
We are a Christian family. I came to know the Lord at a young age and have been growing in that relationship for some time. It hasn’t always been an easy path, but nothing is easy. As a Christian, I claim the promise of Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.” It’s not my own strength that I am able to do things but by relying the strength that He gives me I am able to accomplish much.
One thing that my husband and I knew we wanted to do was homeschool our children. The Bible says in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. We feel it was our calling to raise our children and train them. Like any family, we have our good days and our bad days. But each day is a blessing. We learn something new all the time.
Our boys are crazy active! They are 14, 9 & 6 and have so much energy that they need to learn to share it with their mother!
We were blessed with our first daughter in May of 2012. She is such a blessing to our family and her brothers love and adore her. While being all girly girl and dressed up, she will run after her brothers and tackle them. She won’t take any crap at all from them either and dishes it right back out at them. We do try to keep the craziness between children to a dull roar though. 😉
God has always been part of our lives. In good and in the challenging times. I wouldn’t say the times were ever bad, but challenging. Bad things have happened, but it is a challenge to be able to trust and praise God in ALL things. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Yes, circumstances may be bad, but they could always be worse. An example would be when my husband lost his job and I was also on maternity leave. It was hard. I went back to work, but the baby refused to take a bottle so I had to leave my full time job, and find something part time that would allow my husband to bring my son so I could nurse him. God provided the job. He provided financially. He was there every step of the way. 5 months after the job loss, my husband found a job that enabled me to stay home full time with our children and homeschool my oldest. He knew what was best. I am so thankful that HE knows what I need and that I don’t have to rely on myself.
We also started getting healthier and living what some would consider a “crunchy” lifestyle. I love to babywear. My Ergo and Moby Wrap have been great assets to our family. However, I only recently discovered them with this baby. Go figure. It took 4 to get the find something that works! We also do more natural things for our health. There are many tools in our arsenal that we utilize daily to support our bodies. From the foods we eat (limiting sugar, processed foods, food dyes, artificial sweeteners, etc) to homeopathic remedies and essential oils. No more toxic chemicals in our house. We have seen such a difference in our health since we started making our own cleaning products, changing our diet and implementing several different healthy tools in our household. I am SO thankful for all the tools we have been given to take care of ourselves.